Daily Distraction: Smile like you mean it with Dave Buker & the Historians

Joel Oliphint
Dave Buker & the Historians

Even if most businesses have reopened in some form, we're still in a pandemic, which means local bands aren't performing together or recording in the same room. But collaboration is still happening.

Yesterday, we told you about Mery Steel's new EP, which was recorded remotely in the band members' homes. Today, we have a new cover from local act Dave Buker & the Historians. Buker described the creative process this way:

"As isolation/social distancing took hold, we started to look at how it would affect us (as a band) when the pandemic comes to an end. Although we've all been lucky enough to keep our jobs, and lucky to not have our household incomes greatly affected by the inability to perform in public, we did realize that a lack of revenue from performances would mean limited funds to actually produce our art (recording can be very expensive). We decided to embark on a project that would give us the opportunity to hone our skills at recording from home, allowing us to be both productive and creative while also protecting each other. So with that goal in mind, we began recording a cover of The Killers' 'Smile Like You Mean It,' collaborating with our longtime producer Jay Alton and our friend/collaborator Chris Shaw (Topher James and Biscuit Brigade, Shaw Brothers)."

The cover is available on streaming platforms, or you can check out the video below: